West Brom: Masi discusses Albion’s transfer budget

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Joseph Masi has been discussing what West Brom’s budget currently looks like on the Baggies Broadcast podcast.

Valerien Ismael is still yet to pay a transfer fee this summer despite signing the likes of Alex Mowatt, Matt Clarke and Adam Reach, but following the departure of Matheus Pereira to Al-Hilal, funds may now become available.

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The Baggies made a solid start to their Championship campaign at the weekend earning a 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth, with Callum Robinson and Dara O’Shea getting themselves on the scoresheet.

Masi spoke about what West Brom’s budget may look like in the remainder of this transfer window.

“We’ve said many a time that ’s budget this season’s dependent on Sam Johnstone and Pereira leaving, really. How much they’re going to spend? Pereira has obviously gone now, gone for less than they were expecting; Sam Johnstone might stay. So they’re not flushed for cash.

“But what we understand is that Ismael has got funds available to bring in a striker – how much it is, I genuinely don’t know.”

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Reports have suggested that Ismael’s next priority is a striker, with both Daryl Dike and Liam Delap on the club’s shortlist of strikers they would like to bring in, although either would likely just be on loan deals.

Despite being relegated last season and having parachute payments, the Baggies have boxed smartly this summer and shopped for bargains, specifically Mowatt, who they brought in on a free transfer having been club captain under Ismael at Barnsley last season.

Ismael will be hoping that the pursestrings can be loosened in the back-end of the transfer window having seen the club move Pereira on, so he will know that money is there to be spent.

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